The progressive movement to dismantle American law enforcement was effectively declared dead Tuesday by a chart of public opinion.
Nail, meet coffin.
The Pew Research Center published the visual to illustrate its new findings that 47% of U.S. adults want more spending on police in their area, including 21% who want “a lot” more.
— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) October 26, 2021
Those numbers were way up from June 2020, when the “defund the police” movement surged into the mainstream following the killing of George Floyd.
- On the flip side, support for reducing local police funding plummeted to 15% from 25% in 2020, and only 6% backed “a lot” of cuts, down from 12% last year.
- The biggest falloff was among blacks (to 23% from 42%) and Democrats (to 25% from 41%), but the trend held across race, political party and age.
Black (38%) and Hispanic (39%) Democrats were more likely than white adults (32%) to say spending on police in their area should be increased.
- The victims and perpetrators of crime have disproportionately been black, and the U.S. has seen a national violent crime wave since last year.
Another Pew survey last month found support for Black Lives Matter, a leading advocate of “defund the police,” fell back to pre-2020 levels following a surge of good will.
- Meanwhile, U.S. cities have been quietly reversing course and starting to “refund the police.”
Rep. Ilan Omar, D-Minn., who once called to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department, condemned the city’s officers at a town hall Saturday for “the reduction in policing currently in our city and the lawlessness that is happening.”
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) October 26, 2021